Cycling computers

Cycling computers

Post by Gary T » Sun, 30 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Hello, I'm looking for a cycling computer and I'd like to have your
opinions on them. What functions do you find most/least
useful/essential? What batteries do they run on? Which is better: a
wireless one or one that comes with a sensor attached via a wire?
 
 
 

Cycling computers

Post by her.. » Sun, 30 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hello, I'm looking for a cycling computer and I'd like to have your
>opinions on them. What functions do you find most/least
>useful/essential? What batteries do they run on? Which is better: a
>wireless one or one that comes with a sensor attached via a wire?

First, do you ever cycle indoors with a trainer?  If you do, you will need
a computer whose sensor goes on the rear wheel and the wireless ones are
out.  Second, do you care about your pedalling cadence?  Then you need one
with a sensor on the crank and again the wireless ones are out.

The wireless ones are the easiest to install and I would hazard a guess
that they will last longer (I've had one cyclocomputer that died because
its connecting wire got damaged.)  Most of the computers display 2
functions at a time.  You cycle between them by pressing a single button.
The one I got recently, and like the most (although not wireless), displays
3 functions at a time and I like the fact that I can display distance,
speed, and cadence simultaneously. (It's the Echo-J12 and I bought it from
Bike Nashbar's catalog.)  The current speed is always displayed and the
button-press cycles between average speed/ average cadence,
distance/cadence, maximum speed/maximum cadence, etc.  Personally, the
functions I find useful are, in order of descending importance:  distance,
speed, average speed, cadence, time.